IXAfrica announces huge deal to set up second data centre campus in Kenya

IXAfrica Data Centre, a company specialising in hyperscale-ready data centre development and operation in East Africa, has teamed up with Tilisi Developments, a leading real estate developer. They’ve revealed that IXAfrica has signed a term sheet to buy 11 acres of prime land in Nairobi, Kenya, for the construction of its second data centre campus.

This landmark agreement stands as a significant achievement for both entities and signifies a substantial stride in propelling data centre infrastructure in East Africa. Ongoing due diligence is in progress to ascertain the precise dimensions of the campus, with initial projections suggesting a facility exceeding 30MW in capacity.

In explaining the reason for the partnership with Tilisi, Guy Willner, Chairman of IXAfrica, highlights Tilisi’s industrial parks, high-quality development, reliable power and water supply, fresh air, and advantageous altitude for free cooling, and says: “This new campus will provide an ideal environment for our data centre operations. With latency sub-5ms between the two campuses the distance satisfies the maximal and minimal requirements for hyperscale deployments.”

This new data centre campus is expected to cater to the increasing demand for cloud computing services, digital transformation, and edge computing applications in in East Africa. By providing state-of-the-art infrastructure, green power availability, advanced security measures, and efficient cooling solutions, IXAfrica is, the company says, poised to play a pivotal role in bolstering East Africa’s technology landscape.

With a Nairobi Campus One overall design capacity of 22.5MW, iXAfrica says it has the largest data centre project in the Greater East African region, serving a total population of 300 million people.

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